Tuesday, February 16, 2016

SC rejects Congress plea to stop new Arunachal CM swearing in

SC rejects Congress plea to stop new Arunachal CM swearing in

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday, 16th February 2016 rejected Congress plea for an interim order to restrain the Governor from swearing in a new chief minister in Arunachal Pradesh

The apex court also declined Congress prayer for maintaining status quo in the state where a new government led by dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul is set to be sworn in.

Pul, accompanied by 18 Congress rebels, 11 BJP and 2 independent MLAs have staked claim to form the government.

The SC's decision comes a day after Congress leaders informed the Supreme Court that they have learnt about the recommendation of Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa to lift President's Rule in the state.

Senior lawyers FS Nariman and Kapil Sibal, who represented former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, former Speaker Nabam Rebia and others, said there was a plan to swear-in a new government in the state.

Following the SC order the Union Cabinet may recommend revocation of President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh, possibly on 17th February 2016.

The Home Ministry is waiting for a report from Governor JP Rajkhowa about the latest political situation in the sensitive border state.

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